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Problem-Solving Skills: The Foundation of Resilience

Updated: Nov 19, 2023

In our previous post The Advantages of Teaching Math as a Tool for Building Resilience in Children Ages 5-11, we mentioned embracing mathematical concepts and activities. In this post and future we will expand on each of them to explore books that can help you as a parent and educator to learn more about the techniques and methods. The first one in the list was Problem-Solving Skills: The Foundation of Resilience and we are going to talk briefly about few of those. This lists are not exhaustive and the more you explore, the better you get at it.


There are several books that focus on problem-solving skills and resilience, providing valuable insights and practical strategies for individuals, parents, and educators. Here are a few recommendations:


1. "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol S. Dweck


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol S. Dweck

This book explores the concept of mindset and how having a growth mindset, where challenges are seen as opportunities for growth, can significantly impact problem-solving skills and resilience.


2. "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth, a psychologist, explores the idea of grit and its role in achieving long-term goals. Grit involves a combination of passion and perseverance, which are crucial components of resilience.


3. "The Power of Problem Solving" by Arthur Engel


The Power of Problem Solving" by Arthur Engel

While this book is more mathematically focused, it provides a deep dive into advanced problem-solving techniques. It's suitable for those who want to enhance their problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities.


4. "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character" by Paul Tough


"How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character" by Paul Tough

Paul Tough examines the qualities that contribute to success in children, emphasizing traits like grit, curiosity, and character. The book discusses how these attributes play a role in overcoming challenges.


5. "The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life" by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

"The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life" by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

This book explores transformative approaches to problem-solving and encourages a mindset shift that fosters creativity, resilience, and the ability to overcome obstacles.


6. "Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life" by Eric Greitens


Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life" by Eric Greitens

Drawing on his experiences as a Navy SEAL, Eric Greitens shares insights into building resilience in the face of adversity. The book provides practical advice for developing the strength to overcome challenges.


7. "Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent, and Thoughtful Children in an Age of Instant Gratification" by Darlene Sweetland and Ron Stolberg

Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent, and Thoughtful Children in an Age of Instant Gratification" by Darlene Sweetland and Ron Stolberg

Geared towards parents and educators, this book offers strategies for fostering critical thinking and problem-solving skills in children, promoting independence and resilience.


Remember to check the reviews and summaries to ensure that the content aligns with your specific interests and goals in developing problem-solving skills and resilience.


Hope you enjoyed the read. Please do let us know in the comment below if you have read or are reading a book on problem-solving that the BRIC community can benefit from.


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